Faced with heavy demand for grants for residential charging stations, the German government has topped up funding for the program by €300 million, bringing the total available to €800 million ($926 million).
Private individuals, housing associations and property developers are eligible for a grant of €900 ($1,042) towards the purchase and installation of a private charging station, including the grid connection and any necessary additional work. To be eligible, the charger must have a charging power of 11 kW, and must be intelligent and connected, in order to enable vehicle-to-grid applications. Furthermore, 100% of the electricity must come from renewable sources.
As of July 2021, more than 620,000 applications for grants had been submitted—an average of 2,500 per day.
“German citizens can once again secure a 900-euro grant from the federal government for their own charging station at home,” said Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer. “Over half a million applications show the enormous demand for this funding. Charging must be possible anywhere and anytime. A nationwide and user-friendly charging infrastructure is a prerequisite for more people to switch to climate-friendly e-cars.”